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5 Toxic Chemicals That Can Affect Your Baby’s Development

Expecting a baby is a dream come true. From planning out the layout of the nursery to receiving the results of the sonogram, it is the most important time in an expectant couple’s life. However, during those nine months, there are a lot of changes that must be made. As a mom-to-be, there are things that you need to avoid until after you give birth. What a mother consumes or comes into contact with can have a profound effect on a baby’s growth.Here are five toxic chemicals that can affect your baby’s development.


Lead is a common chemical that can negatively affect both you and your unborn child. It is mainly found in hard water and various types of paint. High lead levels can cause premature birth or even a miscarriage. Have your water checked for lead levels and if necessary, install a water filtration system. You also make sure that the levels of lead inside your home are also low.

Nail Polish

Nail polish is another possible offending agent. Because some brands of nail polish contain a chemical called formaldehyde, which can cause congenital malformations and premature birth. If you do get your nails done or choose to polish at home, please choose a brand that is free of formaldehyde.


In low quantities, mercury is safe to consume. However, it can quickly become a health hazard if too much is consumed, especially pregnant women. Mercury is found in fish, mainly tuna, salmon and shrimp. If a pregnant woman is exposed to too much mercury, it can cause visual disturbances, hearing issues and in the worst case scenario, brain damage. Although eating fish is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, try to keep your intake of it low.


Staying away from pesticide should be a no-brainer. Pesticides are literally poison and can affect you and your baby with exposure. but using pesticide isn’t the only way to make them buzz off. Put up a bug net or get a screen for your window. It’s far easier to take preventive measures than realizing you need the help of a birth defect lawyer.

Cleaning Products

Finally, cleaning products such as bleach and Lysol can cause respiratory issues in children during their formative years. Thankfully, there are a lot of chemical-free cleaning products that are safe to use during pregnancy. You can even use white vinegar to clean sinks, mirrors and windows.

You’d be surprised at how many things can affect a baby’s development. Even something as simple as nail polish can have a profound effect on them. If you’re pregnant for the first time, use information wisely to keep you and your baby safe from harm.

Tim Esterdahl

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